FOX35 Made in Central Florida: Rise Yaupon makes flavorful tea with health benefits

FOX35 Made in Central Florida: Rise Yaupon makes flavorful tea with health benefits

Last month, we were thrilled to host Caroline Coles and her videographer from FOX 35 Orlando - we were featured as part of their Made in Central Florida series.

Caroline toured our production facility and was able to interview everyone on our team:

President Shelly Steele:

Co-Founder Mark Steele,

Production guru Donna Rooney,

and our VP, Mary Steele


Caroline was able to share with FOX 35 Orlando viewers the uniqueness of locally grown Yaupon Holly tea, and the mission of Rise Yaupon to empower people in our community.  Check out their full report here:

We are so grateful to be part of this report, thanks Caroline for shining a spotlight on the Rise Yaupon team.

Learn more about us from our press release:

Steeped in Success: Rise Yaupon Expands Manufacturing Capabilities with New Production Facility

Full Product Suite of Yaupon Tea Blends Now Available for Wholesale Purchase 

Edgewater, Fla., May 1, 2024 - Rise Yaupon, a family-owned and women-led tea company, today announced the opening of its new production facility located at 504 Pullman Road in Edgewater, Florida. The 6300-sq.-ft. building significantly expands Rise Yaupon’s manufacturing capabilities and includes a cafe where customers can drop by to purchase their favorite flavor of tea or grab a loaf of bread from the Dutch Oven Bread Co. 

“This expansion marks an important step forward in Rise Yaupon’s mission to utilize excellent-tasting, American-grown tea to uplift our fellow Floridians," said Shelly Steele, President and Co-Founder of Rise Yaupon. “It was essential for us to establish a central location to house all parts of the production process in order to meet the growing consumer demand and expand our business into the wholesale market,” Steele continued. 

From classic concoctions to innovative herbal infusions, Rise Yaupon offers four refreshing flavors, including the fan favorite Strawberry Zen, that cater to diverse palates and preferences. Coming soon, the brand is dropping its first seasonal blend—Berry Breeze—a summer sensation with hints of coconut, lavender and elderberry combined with traditional yaupon holly. 

To celebrate the opening of the new facility, Rise Yaupon is partnering with the Dutch Oven Bread Co. to host the Pullman Pop-Up on Thursday, May 9 from 4 – 8pm ET. The farmers market style community event will include various local vendors such as Bloom Bar, KT Knots, Treadwell Farms and many more, along with samples of the new Berry Breeze! 

“We’re thrilled to team up with some of our favorite local artisans and entrepreneurs to celebrate Rise Yaupon’s continued success with the community that makes it all possible,” said Mark Steele, Co-Founder of Rise Yaupon. 

For wholesale inquiries, please contact Shelly Steele at or visit the website to learn more:


About Rise Yaupon

Rise Yaupon is a family-owned, women-led tea company dedicated to using excellent-tasting tea to give back to its community. Rise Yaupon supports health and well-being using sustainably sourced, American-grown ingredients from local farmers. With every tea purchase, Rise Yaupon includes a charitable donation to the FBH Community to help break the cycle of poverty by feeding the hungry and empowering community members in need. For more information, visit


Company Contact: 

Shelly Steele 


Press Contact: 

Madison Mullis 




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